blind·​side | \ ˈblīn(d)-ˌsīd How to pronounce blindside (audio) \
blindsided; blindsiding; blindsides

Definition of blindside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hit unexpectedly from or as if from the blind side blindside the quarterback
2 : to surprise unpleasantly

blind side


Definition of blind side (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the side away from which one is looking
2 : the side on which one that is blind in one eye cannot see

Examples of blindside in a Sentence


The quarterback was blindsided just as he was about to throw a pass. We were all blindsided by the news of her sudden death.


He was hit on his blind side.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Peterson said he was concerned that students appeared blindsided by the move. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A tug of war over who gets to use a single Milwaukee classroom spills into the streets," 30 Aug. 2019 But aptly named, 245-pound defensive lineman Manly Williams hustled all the way down the field and blindsided Tate from his left, knocking him to the ground. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats rewind: Five takeaways from UA’s season-opening loss to Hawaii," 26 Aug. 2019 While White House staff were blindsided by the arrival of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Trump said Macron kept him informed about every piece of the visit. NBC News, "World leaders may have found a way to handle Trump," 26 Aug. 2019 That may or may not end up being an exaggeration, but two longtime department stores, blindsided over the years by too many trends to list here, decided not to wait around to find out. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: J.C. Penney and Macy's test the 'pre-loved' business with thredUP," 22 Aug. 2019 The move stunned Danes and blindsided the Danish royal palace. Washington Post, "Greenland fallout: Trump scolds Denmark over rejection," 21 Aug. 2019 Although Instagram remains a very small player in retail, if the platform disrupts shopping one day, retailers who got blindsided by Amazon years ago want to be ahead of the curve this time. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Instagram is changing the way people buy things," 3 Aug. 2019 That said, the loss of top performers such as Friends and The Office isn’t blindsiding Netflix. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "Netflix lost US subscribers in Q2 over price hikes; how can it win them back?," 19 July 2019 Which is in large part why the closure announcement blindsided students. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Craig, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound sophomore from Granite Bay (Placer County), was expected to protect quarterback Chase Garbers’ blind side this season. Ron Kroichick,, "Cal returns to work after big win over Huskies; LT Will Craig out for season," 9 Sep. 2019 Under pressure on his blind side from Bradley Chubb early in the first quarter, Garoppolo’s second pass of the game was intercepted by Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "49ers’ Kyle Shanahan not sensing any confidence issues with Jimmy Garoppolo," 20 Aug. 2019 Also, there is a huge question mark as to who is going to be protecting Brady’s blind side at left tackle. Globe Staff,, "Tom Brady’s extension avoids some awkwardness but guarantees nothing," 5 Aug. 2019 So far, the coaching staff hasn’t used Wynn at anywhere but the left tackle spot, which is charged with protecting Tom Brady’s blind side. Kyle Hightower,, "Patriots’ Wynn takes live drills as he puts 2018 Achilles tear behind," 12 Aug. 2019 Haeg, in particular, seemed to hold up well on the blind side, a key spot if something ever happened to Anthony Castonzo. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts camp observations: Deon Cain, Reece Fountain add to intense receiver competition," 10 Aug. 2019 The edge rusher to his blind side was unblocked because the left tackle didn’t move. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: One word for Kyler Murray’s NFL debut -- whew," 8 Aug. 2019 But the Browns’ ability to live up to the optimism now surrounding a franchise that didn’t win a game in the 2017 season might rest on the performance of Greg Robinson, a former Auburn standout who’ll be protecting Mayfield’s blind side. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Greg Robinson’s perseverance pays off with pivotal role for Browns," 7 Aug. 2019 Scott and Sam Tevi are both receiving time at left and right tackle as the Chargers figure out who the best option is to protect Philip Rivers’ blind side going into the Sept. 6 opener against Indianapolis., "Report: Cards fail to get deal with ex-49ers, Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of blindside


1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blindside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit (someone who is facing in another direction) suddenly and very hard
: to surprise or shock (someone) in a very unpleasant way

blind side


English Language Learners Definition of blind side (Entry 2 of 2)

: the side that is not the side you are facing

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Medical Definition of blind side

: the side on which one who is blind in one eye cannot see

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